Monza (Italy): Satisfied with the results but
not content to rest back on the fine show so far, Force India
heads to the Italian Grand Prix to consolidate their form with
a second successive double points finish this weekend.
The Italian Grand Prix will be the final race of the
European season before the FIA Formula One World Championship
embarks on a quintet of races in Asia and South America.
Force India heads to the event looking to consolidate the
form it showed at the previous event in Spa-Francorchamps,
Belgium where it secured its third double points finish of the
"Yet again Spa was a good track for us, ultimately
yielding a double points finish for Adrian and Tonio. These
points were crucial for us in the constructors` championship,
moving us 18 points clear of Williams for sixth, but it also
showed that we`re back in business for the second part of the
season," said Vijay Mallya, Force India chairman and team
"The pace and the handling were both encouraging and,
with similar configuration tracks coming up in Monza, Japan
and Brazil, we`re hoping that this performance can be
replicated," he added.
Mallya conceded that it owuld not be easy for Adrian
Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi from here on but hoped the two
drivers would deliver nonetheless.
"Of course we know that the on track fights will
intensify and it`s not going to be easy to consolidate our
position but we feel the momentum is with us now. Adrian and
Tonio both raced very well and we`ve been given a real boost
by the double points," he said.
Looking back at the Belgian Grand Prix, Sutil said it was
good to come out with points after an exciting race.
"Belgium was a great race weeked for us and something we
really needed to take us into the second part of the season.
It started well in practice, with the car very easy to drive
and responding well to changes. It felt quite easy to go out
and set quick times so right from the start I believed we were
in for a shot of a good finish," he said.
"Fifth was pretty much the maximum we could do and I was
delighted we could hold onto it with the weather changing and
then the safety cars. At the end only the championship
contenders ahead of us so we can be satisfied," he added.
Sutil said attaining top speed would be problem here but
hoped to fetch points once again.
"We don`t have the top speed advantage we had last year
so it`s going to be another close weekend, but we do know that
we are amongst the quickest and that gives us a big chance to
be in Q3 and then getting in the points. I got a great finish
there last year? fourth, my best finish in F1 so far, and to
get that again would be amazing," he said.
"Of course there`s a huge championship battle going on
ahead of us so getting towards the front isn`t going to be
easy, but I`m confident, the team has got its momentum back
after the double points finish in Spa and we`re all going to
Italy very optimistic," Sutil said.
Teammate Liuzzi echoed his views and said he was looking
forward to racing on his home track.
"Next up I`ve got my home race in Italy, which is the
same race I made my Force India race debut last year. It holds
such great memories for me. Going into the race we had just
had a fantastic result in Spa so the whole team was on a high,
and we knew we had a great car going into Monza," he said.
"I got the call and of course I was pretty nervous but I
tried to build into the weekend and gradually improve. Then in
qualifying I got into P7, which was such a fantastic feeling.
Unfortunately in the race I had a mechanical problem when I
was running in the top six but I really felt that I had done
the maximum I could do," he added.